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NBC has strong ‘Hart’; ABC slow on Saturday

ABC’s good luck with new series appeared to run out with the launch of its complete Saturday lineup, while NBC’s “Hart to Hart” revival got out of the blocks strong as part of its “Friday Night Mystery” slot.

ABC ran fourth from 8-10 p.m. Saturday with “George,””Where I Live” and “The Paula Poundstone Show,” averaging just a 9 share in Nielsen overnight markets.

Information was available for the night in only 20 of the 29 Nielsen-metered cities, with national figures due Tuesday.

Healthy ‘Hart to Hart’

On Friday, NBC’s return of “Hart to Hart” averaged a 13.6 rating/22 share in the 27 metered markets in which the program aired, running a strong second for its two hours behind ABC’s Friday lineup.

Both CBS and NBC, in fact, have scored with older viewers on Friday while striking out with efforts to attract a younger audience. NBC’s lead-off hour, “Against the Grain,” and CBS’ 9-10 p.m. comedies both posted single-digit shares , for example, while CBS’ “Diagnosis Murder” delivered a solid second-place finish behind ABC’s comedies.

Fleiss falls flat

An interview with alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, meanwhile, didn’t do much for CBS’ “Eye to Eye With Connie Chung” on Thursday. The special 10 p.m. airing drew an 8.6/15 nationally and ended up being trounced by rival newsmag “PrimeTime Live” (14.9/26).

The “Eye to Eye” segment was, perhaps surprisingly, of even less interest to Los Angeles viewers than the rest of the country, drawing a 5.2/10 locally on KCBS-TV and running fourth in the hour behind the rival O&Os and KTLA’s “News at 10.”

NBC roared out of the November sweeps starting gate with a 15.5/25 for the night, its best Thursday with series programming — excluding last May’s big “Cheers” finale — since May 14, 1992.

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